Well, another fascinating post from yours truly!
Honestly, how does this much "stuff" stay rattling around up in my head? Well, it's good to have a place to let it all out.
I was wondering the other day...if a student does not know, and has a friend who does not know...how can they learn and teach each other? I mean, what if no one knows how to do what it is they want to do? Who will teach them? How much motivation does a child need to have to compel them to keep searching for answers? At what point do we "give up" in our quest for knowledge? At what point would a young child "give up" while questing after knowledge?
Another question that's been burning in my mind is: What types of information will they seek out? What if a child cannot read, for instance? That's a pretty intense learning curve! Not easy to teach oneself, either. Don't get me wrong. I'm all for the student taking control over his/her own learning....they should be taking more responsibility for those issues, but at what age is it too young? At what age does a child not understand the implications of ignoring certain aspects of his/her own education? Are we willing to put too much freedom into the hands of one so young that the implications 5, 10, 15 years down the line are not fully understood? What would our culpability be to that situation?
See, I told ya there was some heavy-duty stuff rattling around up in my head!